Friday, August 10, 2018

DC’s police and protesters prepare for white nationalists

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government and police officials in the nation’s capital say they are confident the city can manage this weekend’s planned white nationalist rally without violence.

Meanwhile Washington’s robust local activist community is also gearing up for counter-protests.

The Unite the Right 2 rally will take place Sunday afternoon in Lafayette Park in front of the White House. The rally is timed for the one-year anniversary of the first Unite the Right in Charlottesville, Virginia, which devolved into chaos and violence resulting in the death of a counter-protester.

Estimates vary on how many white nationalist protesters will show up. Jason Kessler, who also organized the Charlottesville rally, predicted 400 in his permit application, but turnout could be much lower.

The white nationalist movement has partially splintered in the past year, with some blaming Kessler for the bad press generated by Charlottesville. Several white nationalist leaders have disavowed Sunday’s rally and asked their followers not to attend.

Rally participants are likely to be outnumbered by passionate counter-protesters. At least two separate anti-white nationalist rallies will also be taking place in Lafayette Park. The local chapter of Black Lives Matter is also planning a separate march to the site.

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So long as these protests happen on weekends in summertime weather, the participants are not serious.  When one group begins hunting the other during the work week and dropping bodies (or disappearing bodies) - then we'll have a ball game. But really - look at who is attending these productions - who cares who 'wins'? - Minuteman

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